Paul Riley's Full Practice Comments, Including Shim Update

Paul Riley, Portland Thorns FC

Thorns head coach Paul Riley spoke after practice today about the team's performance in Houston on Wednesday. He also looked ahead to having new players coming and injured players like Alex Morgan and Rachel Van Hollebeke back. The thing to note here is that Riley put a date on when "Everyone" (except Heath) should be here and available for selection, which is June 7th against Western NY. June 7th is exactly 4 weeks from today. It is unclear if Morgan and Van Hollebeke, who both participated in practice today (Morgan more so than Van Hollebeke), will be back before then. But it is clear that by June 7th, everyone except Tobin Heath should be with the team. That includes Steph Catley and Vero. Exciting stuff.

Riley also gave an update on Mana Shim (starts around 9:33 mark) and how she has been progressing, as well as what he sees her role as for this season. I know that this is something that many of you have been interested in. Probably the most interesting part about it to me is that he says that he is confident in starting her if needed, but that they see her role as a sort of "Super Sub". Think Danielle Foxhoven from last year.

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Lots of interesting information in today's comments. What stood out to you? I would love to read your thoughts and comments on this below, so leave a comment and lets discuss!